Ramsar Briefing Note No. 7. Gland, Switzerland: Ramsar Convention Secretariat, 2015
21 Pages Posted: 5 Apr 2015
Date Written: March 31, 2015
Ramsar Resolution XI.17 requested the Convention’s Scientific and Technical Review Panel to report on the state of the world’s wetlands and their services to people. As a contribution to this task, this Briefing Note summarizes and highlights for Contracting Parties and other decision makers key points from select scientific reports and articles published in 2013 and 2014. In particular, the Briefing Note discusses wetland status and trends, the loss of wetland ecosystem services and future steps for data collection and assessment. The negative trends shown by recent studies should serve as a call to Contracting Parties to avoid further wetland loss and degradation and to strengthen wetland assessment, monitoring and restoration.
Keywords: wetlands, ecosystem services, Ramsar Convention
JEL Classification: K32, K33, N50, O13, O19, Q25, Q28, R14
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Gardner, Royal C. and Barchiesi, Stefano and Beltrame, Coralie and Finlayson, C. M. and Galewski, Thomas and Harrison, Ian and Paganini, Marc and Perennou, Christian and Pritchard, Dave and Rosenqvist, Ake and Walpole, Matt, State of the World's Wetlands and Their Services to People: A Compilation of Recent Analyses (March 31, 2015). Ramsar Briefing Note No. 7. Gland, Switzerland: Ramsar Convention Secretariat, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2589447 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2589447